Sporty’s and NFlight partner to offer pilot-friendly tools
Adding to a successful line of video camera accessories, Sporty’s and NFlight Technologies have introduced the first variable propeller filters for pilots flying with the GoPro or iPhone. These filters can be combined with headset audio cables to make complete cockpit video kits.
Almost all video cameras suffer from the “rolling shutter effect,” which distorts the propeller and can ruin a good video. With the new Variable ND Filter, pilots can adjust the darkness of the filter to suit different lighting conditions and different airplanes. The result is a clear and professional video every time.
For GoPro users, the filter snaps onto the GoPro waterproof case or skeleton case, and is removable for use outside the cockpit. For smart phone users, pilots simply attach the metal bracket to the outside of their phones and line up the filter over the camera lens. The adjustable case is compatible with most smart phones, with or without case, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.
To make a GoPro the ultimate aviation video camera, Sporty’s offers a complete kit that includes everything a pilot needs: variable ND lens filter, headset audio cable, skeleton case and suction cup mount. With this, pilots can record HD video, plus ATC and intercom audio. The filter and the kit are compatible with the GoPro Hero3+.
For a complete iPhone video solution, Sporty’s offers the Deluxe iPhone Video Kit, which includes the Variable ND Filter, custom audio cable and suction cup mount.
Finally, a new Telephoto Lens Kit is available for the iPhone 5/5S that makes it easy to record close up shots of the ground or other airplanes. The high quality lens zooms from 4X-12X and features a manual focus ring for precise adjustment. The kit includes a custom iPhone case and mini tripod for steady shots.
“We use GoPros and iPhones extensively in our flight school and our video department,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “These latest accessories were developed directly from that experience, and they’ve been tested extensively.”
The Variable ND GoPro Filter [#7188A] is available for $99.99 and the Complete GoPro Kit [#B1007A] is available for $229.95. The variable ND Smartphone Filter [#6619A] is available for $69.95, the iPhone Telephoto Lens Kit [#6612A] is available for $129.95 and the Complete iPhone Video Kit [#B3652A] is available for $129.95. All video camera accessories may be ordered by calling 1.800.SPORTYS or visiting sportys.com/video.
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